Differentiation in Python

David Robinow drobinow at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 19:16:08 CET 2013

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM,  <zingbagbamark at gmail.com> wrote:
> How do I differentiate(first order and 2nd order) the following equations in python. I want to differentiate C wrt Q.
> C = (Q**3)-15*(Q**2)+ 93*Q + 100

 Years ago, when I actually worked for a living, I would have
done something like this:
coeffs = [1, -15, 93, 100]
num_coeffs = len(coeffs)-1
deriv = [coeffs[i]*(num_coeffs-i) for i in range(num_coeffs)]

The above is somewhat obscure and requires one to add
some documentation.  Who wants to do that?

Below is a version using numpy. You get the numpy docs
for free.
import numpy as np
p = np.poly1d(coeffs)
deriv_np = np.polyder(p)
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